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The economy of the Falkland Islands depends upon marine access, and the Falkland Interim Port and Storage System (FIPASS) has provided that since 1984.  New Port facilities are now required to serve both the needs of the traditional industries today and support economic growth.  The overall Project objectives are:

  • Develop a port to meet the needs of the Falkland Islands
  • Replace FIPASS but allow continued operation of FIPASS until the new Port is available for use through a phased handover to the new port through simultaneous operations
  • Flexibility to meet future needs

Key requirements for the new Port include:

  • a minimum design working life of 50 years
  • jetty berthing capacity 400m x 60m wide
  • roll on, roll off facility to increase flexibility in Port operations, supporting the Concordia Bay ferry and coastal shipping service
  • Area for tugs and harbour support craft
  • separation of operations at the berth
  • Preference for a solid (fixed) berthing (in place of the floating FIPASS facility)
  • Depth to be at least the same as the depth currently available at FIPASS

Governance of the project is through a gateway process, based on the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Plan of Work, with oversight from a FIG Project Board and Steering Group. The project will be split into three stages, with decision gateways between each stage.

  • The first stage (One A) includes stakeholder engagement, surveys, a demand study and Concept Design. At the end of Concept Design, FIG Executive Council will review plans for detailed design stage and be asked to approve the costs and activity schedule for the next stage.
  • The second stage (One B) will see agreement of Detailed Design, ending with another decision gateway for FIG to approve costs and plans for construction.
  • The third stage will see a phased construction of the port.

FIG Central Procurement Service

Results of Government tenders to the end of January 2020

Tender NameDepartmentCompany Awarded toValue of Contract
 KEMH Electrical Enabling Works  PWD/Health Services  Actemium UK Ltd  £1,064,120.00 (Plus commissioning, travel and ancillary expenses)
 External Works to 1A – 1C Capricorn Road and 6, 8, 10 Ian Campbell Drive Properties  PWD Property and Municipals  Shorty’s Building Services  £287,354.00 plus monthly personnel charge
 Replacement of VHF 2m Repeater System  DCS  Sure South Atlantic Ltd  £132,849.00
 Culvert Replacement Programme  PWD Highways  Falkland Islands Company  £583,262.00
 MPA Terminal Access Security  Emergency Services  Falkland Islands Company  £143,398.08 plus monthly personnel charge
 Fisheries Catch Verification  Natural Resources  Falkland Islands Company  £54 per hour / £6.20 per tonne
 Electrical Materials for Sapper Hill 6  PWD  Wilkinson & Gaviller Limited  £393,557.95
 3 x Ford Transit Vehicles  PWD Power and Electrical  Clive Barford Ltd  £75,595.00
 Review of Finfish Fisheries  Natural Resources  MacAlister Elliott and Partners Ltd  £99,665.00
 West Road Rehabilitation 2019-2020
PWD Highways  Falkland Islands Company  £1,395,750.00
 MOD Flight Booking Service  DCS  Falkland Islands Company  £74,000.00





31 May 2019

FIG issues tender for new port facility

Today the Falkland Islands Government has issued an Invitation to Tender (ITT) to the global construction market to select and appoint a preferred development partner for the design and construction of a new port facility.

For further information you can register at and then contact Alex McShane on 00500 28437 or who will provide secure access to the Falkland Islands Government New Port Development ECI tender.

The tender will remain open for three months before closing on 30 August 2019.

This is the latest step in developing new port infrastructure for the Falkland Islands and enabling long term economic growth for Falkland Islands’ industries. 

The procurement approach has been adopted to ensure that the Government can work with a preferred partner from the outset on the details of design, cost and planning processes.

It will also provide FIG with decision gateways so that designs and costs are reviewed at key stages before a final commitment to build is made. 

Speaking of this latest development, Iain Robertson, Director of Development and Commercial Services, said: “We have been working closely with our technical advisors to make sure that our procurement method meets the highest standards of best practice and will give us the best possible opportunity to secure a partnership that not only understands the unique requirements of the Falkland Islands, but also the size of the opportunity.

“This development will be one of the largest in the history of the islands, which is why it is vital that we carry out all aspects of the procurement journey in a carefully managed way. This is an exciting step forward and one which will is vital to the health of our economy as it supports the growth of our fishing, imports and exports, tourism and scientific research.”





24 April 2019

ExCo approves next step in multi-purpose all-weather sports facility development

The Executive Council has today approved the next step in the development of a new multi-purpose all-weather sports facility for the Falkland Islands. This follows a recent public consultation in which detailed responses from 215 recipients were received to help shape proposals for the new facility.

ExCo has agreed that the detailed design stage can now proceed which will involve defining the scope for the first phase of the development within the available budget. These designs will also factor in the potential to include additional sports in later phases of development if demand and further funding allows.

The Government will continue to engage with local sports bodies and associations as the project progresses in order to seek input on design features and costs for auxiliary equipment, as well as to optimise the opportunities for future-proofing the facility for further development.

To view the responses to the consultation please visit our website:



Housing Development

The Falkland Islands Government (FIG) with the support of British Forces South Atlantic Islands (BFSAI) are seeking expressions of interest from developers and investors wanting to find out more about an ambitious range of housing development opportunities in the Falkland Islands. The immediate business opportunity is the provision of 70 new high quality houses within the next three years; 40 of these will be Government houses, with the remaining 30 for the Ministry of Defence. However, there are potentially further options that exist for companies to provide a wider range of services including facilities management, estate maintenance, large scale property refurbishments and upgrades. For more information on current and future business and investment opportunities, please download the 'EoI Housing Development Opportunities' document below.




20 March 2019

ExCo approves the procurement process and issues tender for the appointment of a preferred development partner for a new port facility

Today the Executive Council has approved a formal procurement process to issue an Invitation to Tender (ITT) to the global construction market to select and appoint a preferred development partner for the design, construction and potentially the operation of a new port facility. The tender will also invite bidders to submit funding options. 

This follows a soft market test, completed in 2018, which aimed to draw interest from organisations interested in partnering with Government to develop new port infrastructure, possibly in phases, to meet the future economic demands of the Falkland Islands.

The procurement route will be to issue an ITT ‘Early Contractor Involvement’ process which involves selecting and engaging with a construction partner from the outset and throughout the development process. This approach will ensure that industry best practice, engineering, construction, technical knowledge and experience, are all factored into the design and cost planning processes at the earliest possible opportunity.  It will also provide FIG with decision gateways so that designs and costs are reviewed at key stages before a final commitment to build is made. 

Speaking of this development, MLA Barry Elsby, portfolio lead for Development and Commercial Services said: “This is a concrete step forwards in terms of progressing the delivery of the new port facility, essential to support the economic development of the Falkland Islands. This will be one of the largest capital projects in the history of the islands; for this reason we need to make sure that we understand the scope of the challenge as well as the opportunity ahead. To do this we have engaged with our professional experts and have chosen a recognised method of procurement that means we will be collaborating in a close partnership arrangement from the outset. I look forward to seeing the results of the procurement exercise in the months ahead.”

The aim is to issue the ITT in May for a 90-day tendering period. The procurement process will be managed by the Development and Commercial Services directorate.





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